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Ekoklim is organised into four reseach themes:

Biodiversity responses

Climate change and habitat degradation are major threats to biodiversity, and model based studies predict high rates of extinction during the next 100 years. Species responses depend on their exposure and sensitivity, and species vary in vulnerability due to differences in adaptive capacity (ecological, genotypic and phenotypic) and resilience.

Predictions about biodiversity responses are by necessity complex, where fluctuations at the population level are strongly influenced by processes at both lower (individuals) and higher (communities and ecosystems) hierarchical levels. The characteristics of interacting species in the community vary in time and space, due to phenotypic plasticity as well as genetic changes. This produces patterns in the geographic dynamics of species interactions (see fig), which are challenging to understand even in retrospect. The goal of this cluster is to meet this challenge, both by developing new collaborations and by integrating current research in landscape ecology, trophic interactions, co-evolution and social-ecological systems.

Main goals

(i) To develop tools for connecting environmental change and population viability, and how to implement these in species conservation plans.
Contact: Prof Johan Ehrlén

(ii) To develop predictions for the interactive effect of climate change and habitat fragmentation on range dynamics.
Contact: Prof Peter Hambäck

(iii) To connect range changes to community and co-evolutionary consequences, a basis both for developing a community based conservation approach and for quantifying the effect of climate change on biodiversity related ecosystem services (pollination, pest control etc).
Contact: Prof Olle Leimar


Biodiversity responses
Contact: Prof Olof Leimar
Department of Zoology